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No more computer…

Didn’t I swear that I will only buy a computer I need…

When you want it, you want it. Especially, this time around, you earn a bit of extra money (you know that, if you are in Japan and working at a Japanese company). Buying a notebook pc doesn’t hurt much, but hold my horses. Do I really need it? The answer is no. The idea of buying another notebook pc got me into looking for a new one on the Net comparing this and that.


Haa…. I was a click away from buying a new notebook pc… I just bought a nice Quad Core CPU and all other components for a brand new Quad Core desktop PC and I’ve found out that ‘Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64bit’ does not work as I expected. I can do things on my current Athlon64x2 desktop PC. It works fantastic. There is no problem at all. Bad habit, I guess. It really is. spending money on whatever you want, but not what you need.

On the other hand, someone inside me saying ‘why not indulge yourself. you worked hard and you deserve a bit or reward.’ Hmm… Hmm… Hmm… true, true, true, I like to believe that I deserve some sort of reward for my hard work.

So I got on the Net and looking for something…

Skypecast participants…

So I’ve doing this cast thing for a few months now? yeah… So I am seeing a vague picture/idea of people coming into my casts (or any other casts similar to mine, ‘late night sessions…’). If I can segment them, they are like

  1. Web-cam-freak-absolutely-what-the-f-you-doing-here-perverts.
  2. Non-native-English speakers who want to learn English or someone’s culture.
  3. Non-native-Japanese speakers who want to learn Japanese or Japanese culture.
  4. Bilinguals who want to socialise on Skype.

No. 1 is like ‘Pi** off’. So I am not going to touch on this one. We can put some attributes on No. 2 – 4, ones like gender, social occupations, age, political view point, marriage status and so on. I consider myself put between No. 1 and 4 (not that I am keen on practising my English. I’m not that desperate). So when I host my skypecast, which segment should I aim at?

For my interests, I definitely would like to have a wide range of people from across the world who can communicate with us in a civilised way coming from different races and social classes. well, you may want to say, ‘what about you, damn arse’ based on your observation on my behaviour in the casts. that’s another story you can tell me in my skypecast.

By the way, you’ve read this this far, you are wondering ‘what are you going on about?’. I just want to deliver my skypecast to the right people avoiding the undesirables. There are limited configurations available to put up a cast and you need to set the right attributes to draw attention from the right (or preferred) participants to my cast (so I can enjoy my weekends having fun with them). If you set the config inappropriately, your cast will be a total disaster. Believe me.

OK, I will dig a wee bit more on the participants attributes.

I still need 32bit OS…

Well, I haven’t done much evaluation on ‘Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64bit’, but I am determined that it is not yet the right time to make the complete transition to 64bit OS due to a lack of support on device drivers. Not always I need 32bit OS environment, but I need it time to time to do some critical tasks.

Now, I have choices, thou.

  1. Using two desktop PCs which are 32bit and 64bit.
  2. Using a desktop PC (64bit) and a notebook PC (32bit).

No. 1 is what I am doing for the time being, but this is not preferable because it is taking up my room space. Three LCD displays are taking up my room space and I use a PC everyday, not both two. I use two PCs probably only at weekends.

No. 2 is more preferable in terms of my room space, but I need to buy another notebook PC apart from one I have in the downstairs. Well, it costs me… Hmm…

Just right before the summer holidays, it is the best time to buy PCs here. Massive discounts will be made to get rid of the current models before new ones coming into after the holidays. I am going to make up my mind by then.

Some drivers are not available for 64bit OS…

Now, I have found out that there are device drivers are not available for ‘Windows Vista 64bit’. wtf. There is no way that I can migrate my main pc environment from WinXP 32bit to Vista 64bit. Dah…

No more 16bit apps, eh?

So I’ve confirmed… my favourite OALD does not function on Vista 64bit and it does not either on a virtualised Windows 98 (due to some sort of low level device access of copy protection).

I am not sure that I can say goodbye to OALD… I’ve been using this for years.

Hmm… not sure what I am going to do… do I buy another dictionary?

Transition to Windows Vista 64bit

I started to evaluate ‘Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64bit’ to move my main pc from ‘Windows XP Pro SP3’. I didn’t _evaluate_ my pc environment in my 20s (hmm… clearing throat)… I think I’ve got a wee bit conservative here. I just want to avoid disaster that some of my essential applications do not function and end up running around to fix them.

I think I would spend the next three months or so evaluating application on 64bit OS.

eventually, Japanese cast in English

Well, pretty much this is my conclusion on hosting my skypecast. Unless I wanna embark on finding friends in some other countries, ‘re’s no way hosting my casts in English (not the language we use, but the configuration of the cast). I’m fed up with perverts.

Rule of conduct? wtf…

Nonsense, it seems to be, but I need them to facilitate/moderate my cast. Otherwise, it goes nowhere. Let’s list up everything I can think of for the time being.

  1. place everyone in Listening when they come in.
  2. keep up to 5 participants in Talking. No more.
  3. place anyone who can’t make conversation in English into Listening.

Placing everyone in Listening section is probably the safest thing to do to avoid people making abusive swearing, playing disturbing music/sounds, or with a poor line quality. I can pick everyone up into Talking one by one to see who’s cool and who isn’t.

Keeping up to 5 participants is nothing but to contain the cast. Well, imagine 10 people are speaking at the same time, there is no way that you can make any proper conversation. 5 is the maximum unless your cast goes nowhere.

Placing anyone who can’t make conversation in English… it may seem to be slightly controversial. I am not looking down on them. I am not super good at speaking English either, but you need to be able to make the minimum level of conversation. If you are not able to respond to questions made in a very simple and clear way, sorry I am going to put you in Listening.

There will be more for me to realise as I host my casts. I will list up these rules into my skypecast page. Well, I don’t think people bother to see that, but hey you know how things goes in my skypecast.

A cast in English or Japanese?

If you have made a cast, you know that there is an option to choose in which language you would like to create your cast. As I have wrote in my previous posts, if you create your cast in English, sometimes you get an immense number of people coming into your cast. It is much quieter to create an English cast in Japanese language option (which seemingly does not make much sense). This is the only option I know to avoid some non-sense perverts on Skypesphere.

However, there is the other reason I do so. If you speak English as your second (or third) language, relatively and fluently, having no problem communicating with other English speakers and you have joined some other skypecasts which are held by locals (e.g. US locals), you have no clue what is going on in that cast. Not because it is something to do with your English, but it is something that you don’t share any everyday life things with them, the locals.

I have created my cast in English and one time, a bunch of Australians came in. That was fine. We have exchanged greetings and that was all. When they start talking about jokes. That was like ‘eh?’. You have no idea what the f**k they are talking about. Now, this is where ‘creating English cast in Japanese’ comes in.

  1. You get Japanese speaks pretty good English who share similar cultural heritage with you.
  2. You get foreigners speaks English who are interested in Japan.

 This creates quite nice and chill-out skypecast. You have a less number of f**king perverts in your cast. Alas, you will have some Japanese perverts.

Now, a problem arises… you will have people who do not speak fluent English. They have no idea how to interupt our conversation and they just keep talking. Conversation starts with listening, not speaking. Um, this might not be nothing to do with the English begineer… it may be something to do with his/her character…

Anyway, I haven’t been holding ‘from where i live…’, but’ve been holding ‘late night sessions…’ instead. I don’t know…. ‘from where i live…’ is more focused on discussion-discussion. ‘late night sessions…’ is much more relaxed cast. Well, you are reading my blog, you might have been in some cast with me or you’ve been to my cast. Swing by if you have some spare time to kill, I’ll be listening to your stories.

something funny… maybe silly…

I’m thinking about creating a funny skypecast or even silly…. I don’t know… It would be fun to create an atmosphere for non native English speakers to talk about anything in English… I don’t know…

what would be funny? relaxing? I’ve been doing two skypecasts, but they get pretty tense sometimes in talking about something serious.

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